Volume 13, Issue 8
WITTMANN & BAUMAN HONORED AT HOLIDAY LUNCHEON

Columbus Academy's annual Holiday Luncheon culminated in the 2019 Distinguished Alumnus presentation to Steve Wittmann '67 and recognition of Alumni Service Award recipient Sue Bauman. Both of this year's honorees served the school admirably for many years and were introduced by their respective sons, Sam Wittmann '15 and Jeff Bauman '84. Almost 200 alumni, current teachers, former faculty and guests enjoyed the festivities in a new location, the Grand Event Center in Grandview Yard.     
LOWER SCHOOL CELEBRATES "A SEASON OF CHANGE"

 
At our Lower School Winter Concert, every song was about gratitude, responsibility, purpose/intention and connection to something much larger than ourselves. In addition to all of the PreK-Grade 5 students opening the performance with "In December," enjoy watching each grade level's contribution to the "Season of Change" theme.
ALI KHAN SIGNS NLI TO PLAY GOLF AT BALL STATE

Columbus Academy senior Ali Khan recently signed his NCAA Division I Letter of Intent to join the men's golf program at Ball State University! A key player on three straight state championship teams, Ali earned All-Ohio first team honors in 2017 and again last year, when he was the individual district medalist and state runner-up, posting a 73.3 average per round as a junior. This fall, he helped the Vikings win their fourth-consecutive league title, made the all-district first team for the third-straight year and was second team All-Ohio as Academy's boys golf program claimed its 10th state crown.
    
NEW DIRECTOR OF CAMPUS SAFETY & SECURITY HIRED

In mid-December, Head of School Melissa Soderberg announced the hiring of Tim Williams as our Director of Campus Safety and Security. The native Ohioan will join us on January 21st after serving as Director of Stadium Security at Heinz Field for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Prior to starting a 22-year career in the FBI, Tim earned his B.A. from Clarion University, his M.S. in Criminal Justice from Youngstown State University and his J.D. from Capital University Law School. 
SYDNI RATLIFF WINS USTA UNDER-18 NATIONAL TITLE

 
As an unseeded competitor at last month's USTA National Indoor Championships in Indianapolis, Columbus Academy junior Sydni Ratliff won all six of her matches to claim the girls 18-and-under national title! She didn't drop a set in the first four rounds and then battled through a 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 victory in the semifinals. In Monday's championship, she again faced one of the country's top-seeded players and prevailed 7-5, 4-6, 7-5.
INTERNSHIPS INFORMATION MEETING FOR US PARENTS

Upper School parents and guardians interested in learning more about the Columbus Academy Internship Program and Columbus Academy Applied Science (CAApS) program are invited to attend a meeting on Wednesday, January 8, at 7:00 p.m. on the fireplace side of the Dining Hall. The summer internship program is open to all upper school students, while CAApS is open to rising juniors and seniors. Learn more at columbusacademy.org/internships. To RSVP, contact Director of Internships Jennifer Conti at ContiJ@columbusacademy.org.  
REMEMBERING PAIR OF FACULTY/STAFF MEMBERS

We are deeply saddened by the recent passings of Admissions Office administrative assistant Jan Keethler and retired faculty member Kathy Spicer. "We will miss her wonderful sense of humor and immutable spirit," said Head of School Melissa Soderberg about Jan, whose service information has not yet been announced. Kathy retired in 2010 following a decorated 43-year teaching career and passed on December 10. Both left such positive and memorable imprints on the Academy community.
   
NOTES FROM COLLEGE COUNSELING

Families of freshmen and sophomores, please mark your calendars for a College Counseling Preview at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 4. This one-hour presentation is intended for both students and parents/guardians. 
 
In addition, our college counselors will be hosting a series of Parent Coffees for anyone with children at Academy who might be interested in learning more about specific aspects of the college search process. All three of these upcoming discussions will take place from 8:00-9:00 a.m. on the fireplace side of the Dining Hall.
  • Standardized Testing on Wednesday, January 15
  • Planning College Visits on Wednesday, January 22
  • Athletic Recruiting on Wednesday, January 29
Also, our campus will be hosting ACT/SAT Workshops conducted by BWS Education Consulting on January 26 (1:00-5:00 p.m.), February 28 (9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.) and April 5 (1:00-5:00 p.m.).  
ARTS & MUSIC SCENE

Bravo to everyone involved in this year's fourth grade musical! In addition to a stellar performance by Academy's Class of 2028, kudos to directors Michelle Schroeder-Lowrey and Amy McLaughlin, set designer Scott Dillon, production manager Anthony Stype, stage manager Nikki Turley, sound tech Jack Wimsatt, lighting tech Rehya Satish, upper-schoolers in Portfolio Tech Class and all of the parents who assisted with costumes, props, makeup, snacks, programs, publicity and the cast party! Although copyright restrictions prevent us from being able to share footage from the show, you can watch the curtain call and highlights from the Backstage Pass event (including behind-the-scenes clips).
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SERVICE LEARNING

A few days before Thanksgiving, our entire faculty and staff visited the Mid-Ohio Foodbank. In addition to a tour of the impressive facility in Grove City and an overview of the important work being done there, Glennon Sweeney from Ohio State University's Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity gave an eye-opening presentation on "The Making of Metropolitan Inequality: Understanding Historical and Current Trends in Metropolitan Neighborhood Change." While most faculty and staff members stayed on site to assist MOF with various tasks such as food-sorting, pantry-filling and letter-writing, a small group helped to set up and distribute fresh produce at a pop-up market in Reynoldsburg!  
SPORTS REPORT

For the second-straight year, Academy junior Regan Cornelius and senior Kiersten Thomassey made the All-Midwest Region Team, and Regan was the only field hockey player from Ohio selected as an NFHCA All-American! After garnering third-team honors last year, Regan earned a spot on this year's All-American Second Team, making her the first two-time All-American for Anne Horton's program since Courtney Deena '13 made the third team in 2011 and first team in 2012. Regan and Kiersten led our Vikings to back-to-back undefeated seasons and the program's 11th & 12th state titles.   
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